Honey Balls (1911) ★★★★★

This is a simple and rustic little candy recipe from an Australian cookbook.

Original Recipe:

The Verdict:
Mr.Man and I both liked this candy a lot! It had a really nice taste, from the honey I think. It was ridiculously easy too - I mean, three ingredients, come on! It was a little bit messy, but it only dirtied 2 dishes, a spoon, and a measuring cup, so that's okay. The candy was chewy when warm and hardened up when cool. So please, PLEASE do not bite these balls! Take it from me, it is not fun. These candies are for sucking on!

Modernized Recipe:
(Adapted from The Keeyuga Cookery Book, found in Possum Pie, Beetroot Beer And Lamingtons: Australian Family Recipes 1868-1950)

1/2 cup HONEY

1. Butter a plate or two, or use parchment paper.
2. In a small saucepan, melt together the honey, sugar, and butter. Boil for a few minutes, until it sets on a buttered plate. Let the candy cool for a few minutes and either scoop out and roll into balls or drop small amounts on the buttered plates, let cool, and roll into balls when you won't burn your hands. They will stay pliable for a while.
3. Let the balls cool and harden before eating.

Note: I found this also made nice toffee (when warm anyway, not sure how it would be when cool) and could be a caramel sauce if cooked less.

Anje graduated with a Honours Bachelors degree in History with a minor in Museum Studies. She currently lives and works in Japan's least populous prefecture as an assistant English teacher.


  1. These look so yummy - and fairly natural, too! I wonder if I could use an unprocessed sweetener...

    1. If you're thinking of stevia or coconut sugar or something like that, I feel like it would work...

  2. Wow, this looks incredibly delicious. It's like an easy and delicious version of caramel. Yummy!

  3. Made this just now, and it was very easy. I had to play with how long to boil it and they have a bit of a burnt taste, but are still good. Yes, do NOT bite them, unless you want to replace a filling or a tooth. They get super, super hard.
    Always Experiencing Him,

  4. Now if you could work some lemon into these somehow, wouldn't they be like a natural cough drop?

    1. That's a good idea! Or even ginger for nausea.

  5. We cooked it at a full boil - do not stir it at all - for four minutes on a medium low heat. Used teaspoon to drop warm candy on parchment paper lined baking sheets. Let sit for a minute then rolled them into balls. Delicious!!